Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I'm really pleased with the student's progress. Today we focused mainly on reviewing all of the material we've covered. I want to make sure he is confident with fractions, negatives, order of operations and long division before we're done, since these skills will be important as he transitions to eighth grade. It seems like when he's motivated he does best, so hopefully he can get excited about something school-related to keep himself interested in learning."
"The student was preparing for her midterm exam, which was 40 multiple choice questions and several essay questions. We reviewed the material from the first 8 chapters that were covered on the exam and looked at several questions. We also briefly went over examples for the essay questions so she could write them."
"The student is a new physics student. She had a homework set that we reviewed. The topics covered moment of inertia, angular velocity/acceleration, and torque.
We will meet on Weds to review for her final."
We will meet on Weds to review for her final."
"The student and I continued to review his Spanish III material in anticipation of his final exam next week. I asked him what areas he was having the most trouble with in the grammar department, and we went to those chapters in his book and reviewed rules. The areas we covered most thoroughly were direct and indirect object pronouns, commands, the subjunctive, and the various perfect tenses. She seems to have a good grasp on the big picture ideas and the rules, which are often most difficult to master. After reviewing the questions which she missed on his last Spanish test with him, I am confident that she will be able to improve on her final and maintain her grade average."
"Timed student while taking Science section of practice exam. Student needs to work on faster reading and analysis through the science section by cutting off about one minute of time per passage. Assigned student homework to improve science reasoning ability."
"We worked more on critical reading & writing. He seemed to be hitting the mark more often by the end of the lesson. We also went over some math concepts. Homework: finish the writing practice and complete the math practice."
"We started the session reviewing the student's spelling words for the week - she specifically had difficulty with 'soil.' She tended to transpose the o and the I so her spelling of soil was SIOL. We worked on this by thinking of other words that rhyme with soil - boil, oil, foil, toil. Goal was for the student to see that other words that have the same ending sound are all spelled OIL. Then the student read aloud. The fluidity of her reading continues to improve with some pauses and interruptions to sound out a word. I have noticed that she often reads right through a new/unfamiliar word perfectly then stops and looks at me as if I'm going to assist/correct her, but there is NO need to do so because she read the word correctly. We completed the session with another review of the spelling words. "
"The student is currently learning about radicals - their multiplication and simplification. Today we started off the session by reviewing problems that she had missed on her previous homework. We then worked through problems with which she was confused on the current homework. She appears to have a very good understanding of this material."
"Today we went back and reviewed some previous homework. Learning Economics is similar to learning statistics; you take the building blocks of some graphs and combine them to show various effects. We reviewed perfect competition, taxes, and supply and demand graphs. The main focus was on Market and Firm graphs changing one another. The student has a good grasp of understanding what is going to happen and what we focused on was explaining the steps through graphs."
"Student 1: We worked through his entire review for calculus. We spent a lot of time on optimization and related rate problems. Also, if he works through a few more graphing problems while getting information like derivatives, concavity etc... he should be fine for his test. Student 2: We worked through her review as well. After going through a bunch of problems, which she really didn't have much trouble with, we did a basic review of everything, where I was essentially a flash card and asked her to recite certain theorems and postulates. She should also be ready for her final."
"The student and I finished answering the questions for the natural science reading passage. She struggled with extracting facts from the passage. We then did a detailed review of plane geometry, focusing on triangles, and practiced problems for each shape. Her homework is to practice another reading passage using the trigger-word strategy and to do five geometry problems."
"The student is now learning about electric charges in her physics class. We looked at some problems involving Coulomb's Law, and talked about how to calculate forces on electric particles. We especially focused on calculating the force on a particle when there is more than one electric charge nearby; in this case, it is necessary to calculate each individual force and then add them using vectors, just like when adding any other type of force. Also, we talked about electric concepts such as charge by induction or conduction, and we discussed different scenarios such as holding charged rods near neutral spheres, and how electroscopes work."